A Brief History of Conservatism (III): Capitalism

Since the days of Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party has been the defender of free market capitalism and, apparently, the prevailing global neoliberal consensus. The latest 2017 General Election manifesto, however, showed a desire to move away from this economic order to the more “middle-ground Toryism” of the days of Harold Macmillan, and so the […]

A Historical Analysis of the Republican Party

From the party dedicated to the freedom of the enslaved, to the one who is a staple of Western right-wing politics, the Republican Party’s history is as rich and fascinating as their current state. With the Republicans controlling the White House, Congress and Governorships, as well as having a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, […]

U-turn if you want to | Matthew Cowley

We expect our politicians to make the right decision every time. We expect them to be exemplary role models in every aspect of their private and professional lives. If we want to have a better politics in this country, we need to accept that all our politicians – whatever their party or ideological background – […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (II): Free Speech

You would be hard-pressed to find a more contemporary dilemma in modern western culture than that of ‘free speech’. As the issue rears its head more frequently – especially, it would seem, on university campuses – the conservative finds himself more and more pressed to defend the liberal notion of the ‘right to free speech’, […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (I): Preface, and Property

Preface to the series:The intention of this series of articles, which shall run over the next two months, is to propose an understanding of the history of conservatism, and the currents of thought that flow like rivers into a deep lake. This is a grand undertaking, since there is no central text to conservatism, unlike […]

Against Models│Jake Scott

 You often hear the Eurocrats telling us we would have “no special deal” after Brexit, that we should choose a model of relationship akin to those established by the Swiss or Norwegians in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). This is strikingly revealing of the European Union’s obsession with a priori systems imposed from above; […]

Review: House of Cards Season 5 (Spoiler Free)

SPOILER FREE FOR SEASON 5 ONLY, ALL OTHER SEASONS DISCUSSED Rating: 9/10 Netflix Original House of Cards returned to our screens today for a fifth outing. Starring American Beauty’s Kevin Spacey and Forrest Gump’s Robin Wright, the US political drama has been the jewel on Netflix’s crown since its 2013 debut. For our political savvy […]

The Case for Abortion Rights

In a recently unearthed interview, Tim Farron came out against abortion. The leader of the Liberal Democrats said that abortion was ‘wrong at any time’ and was ‘too widely available,’ in a discussion with fellow men of faith at the Salvation Army. Considering his recent controversy on homosexuality, as well as the party he is […]

Reflections on VE Day

‘Yesterday morning at 2:41 a.m. at Headquarters, General Jodl, the representative of the German High Command, and Grand Admiral Doenitz, the designated head of the German State, signed the act of unconditional surrender of all German Land, sea, and air forces in Europe to the Allied Expeditionary Force, and simultaneously to the Soviet High Command.’ […]

Le Pen would be a calamity for Britain | Will Saunders

This evening sees the climax of France’s most divisive and bitterly contested election campaign in history. Emmanuel Macron faces off against Marine Le Pen, in a rendition of the battle that seems to structure Western political process with an inexorably growing prevalence: no longer the left against the right, but instead cosmopolitan globalism versus that […]